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Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews of Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and image quality. The portability and usability are also appreciated. Many are critical about the zoom and durability. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

price, usability, portability, image quality, design

durability, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The price and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the durability.

portability, usability, price, image quality, design

durability

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2019

Expert review by : Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV953

 

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Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Panasonic PV-DV953

 

Bristling with features, the PV-DV953 offers great-looking video and plenty of controls for the serious videographer.

Although it is on the expensive side, the PV-DV953 is a great choice for the serious videographer.

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Panasonic PV-DV953

 

The only three-CCD camcorder in the roundup, the Panasonic PV-DV953 ($1,499 direct) offers a strong range of features and is ideal for tripod use.

In still-image trials, the PV-DV953 produced sharp images under studio lighting, which matched those produced by the Sony entry and trailed only the 4MP Samsung unit in clarity and color. In low light, however, the images became darker, and graininess...

Dec, 2003

Expert review by : Dick Ridington (cnet.com)

Image quality

 

Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV953

Three-CCD color fidelity; compact design; competitive price; decent still-photo quality; large flip-out LCD.

Auto-exposure responsiveness; lack of mechanical controls for oft-used adjustments; zoom control; suboptimal low-light performance.

This model is a capable and easy-to-use three-chip MiniDV camcorder for advanced videographers who prize portability.

Nov, 2003

Expert review by : Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic PV-DV953 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

The PV-DV953 is a revolutionary quality camcorder, breaking the barrier on price for entry level three chip camcorders (the camcorders which produce the best quality image), carrying a low MSRP of $1,499. Panasonic announced the PV-DV953 at the 2003...

Jan, 2003

Expert review by : Dick Ridington (cnet.co.uk)

Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV953 review

 

Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV953

Three-CCD color fidelity; compact design; competitive price; decent still-photo quality; large flip-out LCD.

Auto-exposure responsiveness; lack of mechanical controls for oft-used adjustments; zoom control; suboptimal low-light performance.

This model is a capable and easy-to-use three-chip MiniDV camcorder for advanced videographers who prize portability.

Nov, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Camera useless after 18 months

 

I loved this camcorder when I first got it. Lots of features but still easy to use. Large LCD screen. Pop up flash for stills which are impressive at 3mp on a video camera. Video is great. I loved it so much I convinced my sister to buy it. ...

3mp stills, easy to use, pop up flash, 3CCD

High repair costs, not reliable, green images

Mar, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

CCD died after only two years

 

great video

poor low-light, poor sound

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (pcphotoreview.com)

Panasonic PCDV-953

 
Dec, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Lots of features on this high-end camera, but missing what counts

 

I wanted to replace my analog camcorder with a good quality digital camcorder, and the most important requirement was video quality in 16:9 mode. Somewhere I read that this camcorder was designed with 16:9 mode in mind, so based on that and the rave ...

3-CCD camera with lots of features, optical stabilization, excellent color, excellent audio

16:9 mode does not look right when played on a 16:9 TV

Nov, 2003
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